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4th of July Party Favors

Happy Wednesday! For our 4th of July party, I wanted a festive party favor for guests to take home after the party. No matter how old you are, everyone loves a party favor.

I found striped treat cups and filled with red paper shred. I linked a few similar options below. I added confetti poppers, pop-its, red striped sunglasses, and a mini bottle of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream. These favors were low cost and easy to put together.

What are your favorite party favors for the 4th of July?

Cheers!

Please sip responsibly. You can shop this post below. Images Melissa Haithcock for Jackson Morgan Southern Cream.

Easter Brunch

It is hard to believe Easter is right around the corner, we have had a few spring-like days in Tennessee, and I hope the cold weather is behind us. For the first time, I am hosting my family for Easter. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give my Mom a break from entertaining. I plan to use this same tablescape, but hopefully move it outside if it is nice weather.

Color Scheme

After what feels like the longest winter, I was ready for a fresh color scheme. The bright green gingham paired with the brown bunny plates created a pretty color scheme. I incorporated texture with natural elements such as the seagrass chargers and moss bunnies. Pops of gold added a nice modern touch, how cute are these gold foiled bunnies?! The art over the bar cart is where the color inspiration came from, I adore this floral print by Inslee.

Menu

I am a traditionalist when it comes to Easter menu planning. For our Easter brunch, we had spiral ham, scalloped potatoes, deviled eggs, asparagus tart, glazed carrots, roasted artichokes, rolls, boozy banana pudding (recipe coming to The Sip soon), and of course Jackson Morgan Southern Cream cocktails. I especially love our peaches and cream and banana pudding flavors this time of year.

Decor

Although I love fresh flowers, they often die too quickly. For this table, I used speckled egg vase filler in a pretty hurricane that I can display all spring and reuse next year. I added mini moss baskets, which holds Jackson Morgan Southern Cream mini bottles perfectly for party favors. My crystal glasses dressed up the table for the occasion. I was thrilled when I found these crystal cordial glasses, which are basically a fancy shot glass to serve Jackson Morgan in for parties. Ruthie and Oliver letterpress place cards matched the napkins and table throw well.

How are you celebrating Easter? #sipandbesocial

Special thanks to Nora Fleming, Ruthie and Oliver Letterpress, and Juliska for partnering with us on this party. All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop the post below.

DIY Spring Centerpiece

Did you catch our Spring orange brunch on The Sip earlier this week? The centerpiece for this party is an easy DIY that adds a lot of personality to your table. All you need are a few supplies from your local craft store and oranges.

Supplies

Oranges with Leaves (smaller mandarin or clementine oranges work the best)

Extra Orange Leaves

Styrofoam Cone

Styrofoam Discs

Toothpicks

Straight Pins

Vase

Directions

Step 1// Gather your supplies. Start with your desired vase you want to use for your centerpiece. I found this blue and white vase at a local interior design shop. Purchase a styrofoam cone and discs that fit into the vase. I took my vase with me to the craft store to ensure a perfect fit.

Step 2// Place styrofoam discs inside the vase. Place toothpicks in the discs then top with the styrofoam cone and make sure it is sturdy since the oranges will add extra weight. You could also use hot glue to keep the discs and cone together.

Step 3// Beginning at the bottom of the cone use toothpicks at an angle to place oranges around the styrofoam cone. I staggered the oranges to try to cover the majority of the styrofoam. Poke one end of the toothpick into the styrofoam cone, then the other into the orange. Make sure the oranges all face the same direction and are similar sizes.

Step 4// Go back and ensure there are no large holes showing where you could add another orange and move oranges around until you have your desired look. Then using straight pins, pin the extra orange leaves in the empty places on the cone where the oranges do not cover the styrofoam.

Cheers!

Winter Dinner Party Menu

Did you catch our Winter Dinner Party blog post last week? This week we are sharing details about the food. I prefer to serve heavy appetizers for a dinner party. It takes the pressure off having to create a full meal for guests and everyone still leaves with full stomachs. It also gives guests different entree options in case of food allergies.

I recently learned about The Orderves Company, which makes hosting so much simpler. They ship gourmet appetizers to you frozen. When you are ready to serve, just heat in your oven. Not only is everything delicious, the food looks pretty too. I like to keep a few in my freezer for when last minute company comes over. I add garnishes such as fresh herbs, nuts, crackers, drizzle of honey, etc and serve on my best china and no one knows the difference between frozen and homemade.

For our dinner party, we ordered the brie en boule, French dip sliders, bacon wrapped dates, mushroom soup, and mini ham and cheese sandwiches. It was the perfect menu for a cozy night in when the weather is chilly. The mini sandwiches were a huge hit since they are a fancy grilled cheese. We also loved the French dip sliders. If you wanted to add another entree a hearty soup or baked chicken dish would compliment these dishes. Stay tuned for more about our Winter Dinner Party.

Cheers!

Special thanks to The Orderves Company for partnering with us on this post. Christy Wilson Photography.

Mostess Box

I have been crushing on Mostess Box lately, it is a curated subscription box that is sent seasonally. Each box contains home and hosting essentials. I am not much of a subscription box gal, but when entertaining items are included, count me in!

We were gifted the winter box and used the pieces for our winter dinner party that we posted about earlier this week. The gold metal straws, Frasier Fir candle, gold tray, mini decanter, pine cone gift tags, and burnt sugar simple syrup were included in the winter box. Along with the home goods, the box includes styling tips, recipes, and more. To say that I am obsessed would be an understatement, I have loved the high quality pieces in the winter box.

Stay tuned for cocktail recipes with the burnt sugar syrup and more posts from our winter dinner party!

Winter Dinner Party

Anyone else sad the holidays are over? To ease back into normal routines, I wanted to host a winter dinner party. Winter can be long without much to look forward to, why not have a few friends over for a fancy dinner party? Jackson Morgan paired with hot chocolate can help lift the winter blues.

Table Details

To bring in texture, I add a velvet runner down the middle of the table. I scored green taper candles that matched perfectly and once lit helped create a lovely ambience. I love to mix china patterns, I layered gold edged china with my beloved monogramed plates from Sasha Nicholas. Our friends at Mostess box sent over their winter box, which included these fun gold straws and Frasier Fir candle.

Color Scheme

After deciding to use pinecones, it only felt right to stick with an evergreen, brown, and touches of gold for a color scheme. The navy rug and chairs tied in nicely with theme. I mixed in wooden serving boards to bring in warm color tones. The touches of gold added a luxe feel to the party. It does not hurt either that our salted caramel cream bottles matched perfectly.

Centerpiece

I use apothecary jars year round and change out with different seasonal fillers. During the holidays, I had Christmas ornaments in these jars. For this dinner party, I opted for pinecones. I found pinecone branches that were meant to be stems for a vase, but placed around the jars to create a semi garland down the table.

Special thanks to Mostess box, Nora Fleming, Juliska, Society Social, and The Orderves Company for partnering with us on this dinner party. All images Christy Wilson Photography. You can shop this post below.

New Year's Eve Party

New Year’s Eve is next week, how are you planning on celebrating? I always love to plan a dinner party with our closet friends and family. I ask everyone to dress in their best cocktail attire like this Camilyn Beth dress and enjoy one last meal together before ringing in the New Year.

Decor

With the black, white, and gold balloon garland from Vroom Vroom Ballon being over the top, we did not need much decor other than a stripe runner down the table. Monogrammed black napkins adored each plate along with a gold party cracker. I brought out my white, gold, and black china and used matching serving dishes along with my Nora Fleming favorites to keep the table simple. How cute is the champagne bottle mini?

Menu

New Years as the last hurrah for the holiday season. To celebrate, we always have indulgent foods such as filet mignon, truffle Mac and cheese, cheese boards, baked brie, and rich cocktails. Copper Whisk Cakes made this fabulous tiered cake that matched the balloon garland. Our salted caramel cream is my favorite Jackson Morgan flavor to serving during NYE. I poured into fancy coupe glasses and added a chocolate truffle garnish, so simple but looks decadent.

Activities

The party crackers are my favorite party trick, each one has a conversation starter in it. During dinner you take turns opening each one. After dinner, I moved the ballon garland to where the bar cart is to create a Photo Booth area for guests to take pictures. I normally bring out board games and turn on the ball drop in New York while everyone enjoys cocktails.

Stay tuned for more details from our New Year’s Eve party. You can shop this post below.

All Images Christy Wilson Photography.

Friday Favorites

Image via Waiting on Martha

Image via Waiting on Martha

ONE// Waiting on Martha’s Thanksgiving Table. Such a pretty table for Thanksgiving.

TWO// Foxes Love Lemon’s Brown Sugar and Cinnamon White Russian. This easy cocktail is great for fall hosting.

THREE// Living with Landyn’s Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup. Time to start planning our Thanksgiving menu.

FOUR// Certified Celebrator’s Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece. Brittany always has the best ideas for easy tablescapes.

FIVE// Swoozie’s “Get You Fat Pants Ready” Cocktail Napkins. We could not think of a better cocktail napkin for Thanksgiving.

Friendsgiving Tasting Party Menu

For our Friendsgiving tasting party, I served small bites that paired well with our creams with a nod to the tastes of fall. I wanted this party to feel special, but not as stuffy as traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Several of the recipes I spiked with Jackson Morgan. For our family, banana pudding is a year round dessert especially when we have guests in town so I had to include it. Indulgent flavors such as truffles and salted caramel elevated the appetizers. I served everything as a buffet since the Jackson Morgan tasting was the main attraction for this dinner party.

The Menu

  • Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches with Pimento Cheese, Pickles, and Music City Mustard

  • Mini Truffle Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, cut small for easy dipping in the soup

  • Butternut Squash Soup, served in shooter glasses

  • Candied Pecans

  • Brown Sugar Pretzel Bites with Whipped Butter

  • Pretzel Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

  • Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake, we used this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and spiked with our whipped orange cream and topped with sugared cranberries

  • Mini Apple Hand Pies with salted caramel sauce spiked with our salted caramel cream

  • Mini Banana Puddings, we used this recipe from Paula Deen and spiked with our banana pudding cream

All photos Christy Wilson Photography.

Friendsgiving Tasting Party

Hosting season is upon us, every year I find myself planning Friendsgiving and overwhelmed with having to make a full Thanksgiving dinner. I wanted to switch things up this year and instead of serving turkey host a fall tasting party. With so many fun flavors of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream, I love to host parties where guests can try several flavors of our creams.

Decor

I reused the glass pumpkins from our Halloween party. I incorporated a few white and gray pumpkins into the mix to freshen up the table. Instead of using candles, I used battery operated string lights. It created a warm glow over the table.

Table Set Up

I paired a coordinating food item with each of our popular Jackson Morgan Southern Cream flavors. The Hester and Cook tasting papers allowed guests to try each of the Jackson Morgan flavors. Simple white serving dishes displayed the festive fall food.

Color Scheme

A simple black and white color scheme was perfect for celebrating Friendsgiving. I love all of the warm colors during the fall, but wanted to keep this party simple. I used my crystal glassware to dress up the table.

Stay tuned for more details from our Friendsgiving tasting party.

All Images Christy Wilson Photography.

Halloween Bar Cart

Our Halloween party would not be complete without a bar cart. This bar cart is dripping with dried moss and full of treats for guests. For this party, I had a drink station and party favors on the bottom for easy access.

Decor

To keep with the theme of our Halloween party, I used black and white with touches of gold. My favorite Hester and Cook paper lined the cart to protect from any drink spills. I had a calligrapher write out “cocktails” and “please take a spooky treat” on paper bats. I filled a lantern with gold pumpkins and had cocktail recipe books out for guests to create their own drinks. A full size skeleton held a bowl of treats. Paper bats were placed around a black wreath for a spooky feel.

Drinks

I wanted this party to feel elevated so I used my crystal cut old fashion glasses. My skull decanter was the perfect vessel for whiskey. I had all the Jackson Morgan Southern Cream fall flavors out for cocktails. Lettermade has the cutest festive napkins for Halloween, which were a great addition to the bar cart. I also had to-go cups available for adults on trick or treating routes.

Treats

What is Halloween without candy for trick or treaters? I had a bowl of candy ready for guests young and old. I made a festive trail mix (recipe coming soon) and bagged in treat bags with a striped ribbon. For adults, I put two mini bottles in the bags tied with a ribbon.

Halloween Party Food

For the Halloween party, I wanted to keep the food easy for a drop in party with various seasonal appetizers and sweets. Hosting a party is a job itself, The Orderves Company was a lifesaver, they make appetizers that you keep in your freezer for when you need gourmet appetizers in a pinch. They are amazing for easy entertaining. The chicken and waffles and bacon wrapped dates were crowd favorites!

The Menu

  • Chicken and Waffles

  • Sweet Potato Biscuits with Grilled Ham

  • Saffron Arancini

  • Bacon Wrapped Dates

  • Butternut Squash Tarts with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

  • Chocolate Cupcakes

All photos Christy Wilson Photography.

Halloween Party

Halloween is such a playful holiday to host a party. I love the idea of a party on Halloween night for friends and family to visit while in route trick or treating with food and themed sweets for everyone, and of course Jackson Morgan cocktails for adults. You could easily move this set up outside if the weather is nice too!

Color Scheme

I wanted to elevate the traditional orange and black colors you normally see this time of year. Buffalo plaid seemed like the perfect fit for a causal yet elevated Halloween party. The bonus is the tablecloth and pumpkins will work all fall and into Thanksgiving. I used black and white tones with a touch of gold throughout the party for a cohesive look.

Decor

Different style pumpkins with flameless candles surrounded by dripping dried moss set the scene down the center of the table. Black taper candles and fake spider web around the chandelier gave a spooky feel perfect for Halloween night. Skeletons were posed on each side of the table, one with candy for trick or treaters.

Calligraphy

My philosophy is that everything looks better in calligraphy. I had a good friend write out where all the food and drinks were going to be placed on these whimsical paper bats from Hester and Cook. They are my go to for paper runners, placemats, place cards, etc. I used mini close pins to attach the “cocktail” bat to a wreath above the bar cart.

Stay tuned for more details from our Halloween shoot this month including recipes, cocktails, and party favors. You can shop the items from this party below.

All photos Christy Wilson Photography.

End of Summer Pool Party Bar Cart

Earlier this week, I shared our end of summer pool party. Today, I am sharing details on our bar cart from that soirée. 

It is no secret I love a bar cart, my collection has gotten a little out of control. My all time favorite bar cart is the Society Social Madison Mixer. I love it because of its versatility, it goes with any theme or holiday especially during the summer. The faux bamboo was beyond perfect for a poolside party, I just rolled it outside for guests to use. Bar carts are great for cocktails, but I love to use them to serve snacks, appetizers, and desserts too. 

Under the umbrella shade to keep drinks and desserts cool, my bar cart was the perfect station for treats. On the top, I had a lemon water dispenser, bamboo forks, plates, napkins, paper straws, and of course our banana pudding cream. I lined the top with palm leaf placemats in case of any spills. Pink cupcakes, mixers, and our whipped orange creams lined the bottom. I also used a fresh pineapple and calligraphy cocktail sign for decoration. 

I used gold lanterns and pink flamingo yard ornaments to decorate on the side of the bar cart. When I host parties, I love to add something unexpected and these pink flamingos were a fun addition. I hate using glass for outdoor gatherings, my Nora Fleming melamine platter and Sugar and Cloth pink plastic coupe glasses are a few of my favorites for summer parties. 

 

 

 

Nordstrom Sale Picks

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One of the best sales of the year went live last week at Nordstrom. It is the perfect time to stock up on pieces for hosting especially with fall and the holidays coming up. See our top picks below. 

ONE// Diptyque Candle Set. The best gifts or candles to use for a dinner party. 

TWO// Rifle Paper Co Recipe Tin. An adorable way to store recipes. 

THREE// Gold Monogram Cocktail Shaker. A classic cocktail shaker that would look great on any bar cart. 

FOUR// Smeg Retro Electric Kettle. I used this for our spiked hot chocolate station at Christmas. Much cuter than regular kettles. 

FIVE// Round Marble & Wood Serving Board. This board would be perfect for cheese trays! 

SIX// Twig Set of Cheese Knives. These knives would be pretty for fall dinner parties. 

SEVEN// Wooden Wine Trough. How fun would this be fore serving beverages at your next party? 

EIGHT// Tabletop Bar Set. This set has every item you need for making cocktails. 

NINE// Gold Bar Cart. Every home needs a bar cart. 

TEN// Wood and Marble Cake Stand. 

Happy 4th of July

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Happy 4th of July from our family to yours! We hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy a cocktail or two. 

Cheers! 

10 Questions with Malia of Lettermade

One of my favorite brands that I have loved since the beginning of Jackson Morgan is Lettermade. The owner of Lettermade, Malia, designs the most gorgeous linen cocktail napkins that I cherish for hosting. It was such a treat to do a little Q&A with her. 

ONE// Tell us a little about yourself and your company. I started Lettermade in 2014 while working in development for a school in town…I’d come home and embroider just about every day! I’ve always loved linens and keepsakes and my grandmother really appreciated well-made, beautiful linens- she was one of the biggest reasons I started Lettermade! Over the past four and a half years, we’ve been honored to collaborate on collections with brands like Gray Malin, Draper James, and Rifle Paper Co., furthering our mission to couple homespun embroidery with contemporary design. 

TWO// What is the best lesson you have learned since starting Lettermade? Patience! Starting a business is a rollercoaster of ups and downs at times and a constant learning curve. Good things take time, so patience (with myself and with developing the brand!) has been one of the biggest lessons.

THREE// How do you stay creative in your business? Working with brands like Jackson Morgan Cream! I love collaborating with other brands and bloggers; this helps create new content, brainstorm with other entrepreneurs about new ideas, and keep things fresh!

FOUR// What is the best part of your work day? When I get notes from customers saying how much they enjoy their linens or how special it makes them feel to have something meaningful on their wedding day or for their family and friends during the holidays. Lettermade has been a labor of love; when it comes to our brand nothing makes me happier than to know that we’ve made something that is meaningful to the customer and brings joy to their day!

FIVE// Do you have a favorite linen napkin design at the moment? One of my best friends always says “not my circus, not my monkeys!” - it’s the best reminder at times!

SIX// Do you have any tips for hosting a dinner party? Great background music always helps sets the tone for a fun dinner party and doing any prep work ahead of guests arriving so you’re not stuck in the kitchen instead of having cocktails with your friends!

SEVEN// What is your favorite meal to whip together last minute for guests? Lasagna cups as an appetizer (or meal!); they’re amazing, always a hit, and look pretty on a tray! (hereis the recipe!) My other go-to is my mother-in-law’s classic chicken casserole…Everyone loves a good casserole! 

EIGHT// Do you have a go to hostess gift? Embroidered cocktail napkins! :) If I’m bringing monogrammed cocktail napkins to a party, the Elise style (here) is one of my favorite styles to gift; traditional blue and white or a soft neutral monogram are my go-to’s if I’m not too familiar with the hostess’s style.

NINE// Favorite cocktail? Gin & Tonic with cucumber

TEN// What is your favorite Jackson Morgan flavor? The Banana Pudding Cream is absolutely delicious!!